Who was Ólafur’s main opponent in his first presidential election?
Hannes Hafstein was Ólafur’s main opponent in his first presidential election. Hafstein had served as Prime Minister of Iceland from 1904 to 1909, and was a member of the Independence Party. Ólafur was the candidate of the Progressive Party, and won the election with 53% of the vote.
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